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Researchers identify brain changes involved in alcohol-related sleep disturbances A review article published online in Behavioral Brain Research provides novel insight into changes that happen in the brain as a result of chronic alcohol exposure that can lead to disruptions in the sleep cycle. Clinical assessments and research indicate that individuals with alcohol use disorders frequently suffer from severely disrupted sleep. This can occur [...]The post Researchers identify brain changes involved in alcohol-related sleep disturbances appeared first on PsyPost.
Modeling shockwaves through the brain Since the start of the military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, more than 300,000 soldiers have returned to the United States with traumatic brain injury caused by exposure to bomb blasts — and in particular, exposure to improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. Symptoms of traumatic brain injury can range from the mild, such as lingering [...]The post Modeling shockwaves through the brain appeared first on PsyPost.
How to Attract Wealth Instantly in 7 Simple Steps! Why do some individuals seem to effortlessly attract money while others almost repel it?Do the folks who have the cash know something that the rest of us don’t? What’s their secret? If you are like most people, you probably have a life goal of achieving financial independence. Yet finding the...
New scaling law helps estimate humans' risk of blast-induced traumatic brain injury Since the start of the military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, more than 300,000 soldiers have returned to the United States with traumatic brain injury caused by exposure to bomb blasts -- and in particular, exposure to improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. Now, a new scaling law helps estimate humans' risk of blast-induced traumatic brain injury.
Brain changes identified in alcohol-related sleep disturbances Novel insight into changes that happen in the brain as a result of chronic alcohol exposure that can lead to disruptions in the sleep cycle has been provided by researchers. Clinical assessments and research indicate that individuals with alcohol use disorders frequently suffer from severely disrupted sleep. This can occur when people are actively drinking, when they are going through withdrawal or when they are abstaining.
Study holds hope of treatment for deadly genetic disease MPS IIIB Researchers report they may have found a way to replace the missing enzyme that causes progressive damage to the brain in people with MPSIIIB. Officially known as mucopolysaccharidosis type IIIB or Sanfilippo Syndrome type B, the disease causes the accumulation of waste products in the cells, leading to progressive damage to the brain.
The Psychology of Terrorists (Pt. 3): The Messiah Syndrome As stated in my previous post, I view Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, like his predecessor Osama bin Laden, as a religious fundamentalist cult leader with a major messiah complex. But what exactly is a "messiah complex"?
Higher gun ownership rates linked to increase in non-stranger homicide A new study led by a Boston University School of Public Health researcher has found that states with higher estimated rates of gun ownership experience a higher incidence of non-stranger firearms homicides – disputing the claim that gun ownership deters violent crime, its authors say. The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, [...]The post Higher gun ownership rates linked to increase in non-stranger homicide appeared first on PsyPost.
Self-compassion key to positive body image and coping: study Women who accept and tolerate their imperfections appear to have a more positive body image despite their body mass index (BMI) and are better able to handle personal disappointments and setbacks in their daily lives. Research out of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Waterloo found that this self-compassion might be an important [...]The post Self-compassion key to positive body image and coping: study appeared first on PsyPost.
Single-neuron 'hub' orchestrates activity of an entire brain circuit New research makes a major contribution to efforts to navigate the brain, offering a precise model of the organization of developing neuronal circuits. If researchers can further identify the cellular type of 'hub neurons,' it may be possible to reproduce them in vitro and transplant them into aged or damaged brain circuitries in order to recover functionality.
New clues revealed to understand brain stimulation Brain networks -- the interconnected pathways that link brain circuits to one another -- can help guide site selection for brain stimulation therapies, a new study suggests. Over the past several decades, brain stimulation has become an increasingly important treatment option for a number of psychiatric and neurological conditions.
Sleep twitches light up the brain A new study finds twitches during rapid eye movement sleep comprise a different class of movement, which researchers say is further evidence that sleep twitches activate circuits throughout the developing brain and teach newborns about their limbs and what they can do with them.
7 Prompts that Initiate Healing from the Inside Out It’s the one principle that all spiritual and non-spiritual disciplines share: Healing occurs from the inside out. But how do you do it? The hardest part is squaring yourself what the fact that you’ve got issue. This is difficult for all of us. Our ego gets in the way, neck-deep...
Have You Tried Meditation to Help With Migraines? A new study shows that mindfulness meditation may help lessen the duration and severity of a migraine — one of the most painful and debilitating types of headaches. This is a significant finding as many sufferers have found little to no relief with conventional treatments. Most migraine sufferers share similar...
In the face of uncertainty, the brain chooses randomness as the best strategy Past experience is usually a reliable guide for making decisions, but in unpredictable and challenging situations, it might make more sense to take risks. A study published by Cell Press September 25th in the journal Cell shows that, in competitive situations, rats abandon their normal tactic of using past experience to make decisions and instead [...]The post In the face of uncertainty, the brain chooses randomness as the best strategy appeared first on PsyPost.
Alzheimer’s patients can still feel the emotion long after the memories have vanished A new University of Iowa study further supports an inescapable message: caregivers have a profound influence—good or bad—on the emotional state of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Patients may not remember a recent visit by a loved one or having been neglected by staff at a nursing home, but those actions can have a lasting impact [...]The post Alzheimer’s patients can still feel the emotion long after the memories have vanished appeared first on PsyPost.
Brain scans reveal ‘gray matter’ differences in media multitaskers Simultaneously using mobile phones, laptops and other media devices could be changing the structure of our brains, according to new University of Sussex research. A study published September 24 reveals that people who frequently use several media devices at the same time have lower grey-matter density in one particular region of the brain compared to [...]The post Brain scans reveal ‘gray matter’ differences in media multitaskers appeared first on PsyPost.
Think you have Alzheimer’s? You just might be right, study says New research by scientists at the University of Kentucky’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging suggests that people who notice their memory is slipping may be on to something. The research, led by Richard Kryscio, PhD, Chairman of the Department of of Biostatistics and Associate Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Center at the University of Kentucky, appears [...]The post Think you have Alzheimer’s? You just might be right, study says appeared first on PsyPost.
Bariatric surgery not a magic wand to curb depression Most severely obese people experience much better spirits once they shed weight through a diet, lifestyle changes or medical intervention. This is unfortunately not true for everyone, says Valentina Ivezaj and Carlos Grilo of the Yale University School of Medicine in the US. In an article in Springer’s journal Obesity Surgery, the researchers advise that the [...]The post Bariatric surgery not a magic wand to curb depression appeared first on PsyPost.
Exploring the connection between empathy, neurohormones and aggression Empathy is typically seen as eliciting warmth and compassion—a generally positive state that makes people do good things to others. However, empathy may also motivate aggression on behalf of the vulnerable other. Researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo, examined whether assessed or elicited empathy would lead to situation-specific aggression on behalf [...]The post Exploring the connection between empathy, neurohormones and aggression appeared first on PsyPost.